The psychology program prepares students for success in a graduate program in psychology and/or a career in a psychology related field. The program exposes students to the methodologies, problems, bodies of knowledge, and broad range of perspectives found currently in psychology.
Students majoring in psychology will gain an understanding of
- the scientific applications in psychology
- individual differences
- the biological basis of behavior
- the social basis of behavior
Core courses in the major provide students with the fundamentals for understanding psychology as a science. Elective courses expand and enhance students' knowledge through a variety of topics such as child and adolescent psychology, counseling, motivation, personality, culture and psychology, and ethology. Psychology majors also have the opportunity to be involved in practica that provide them with real-world experiences working in the field of psychology. They may also conduct independent research with faculty members exploring topics beyond the available curriculum. Especially motivated students may participate in the honors program in which they develop, carry out, and present a research project.
Psychology majors are employed in diverse fields and many go on to attain masters and doctoral degrees. The program prepares them to meet those challenges.
Integrative Studies Requirements
40 credits minimum
To receive a degree in Psychology, a student must earn a grade C or better in the following core courses: PSYC 101, PSYC 251, PSYC 252, PSYC 253, PSYC 382, and PSYC 495. Courses may be retaken as needed to meet this requirement.
PSYC 101 General Psychology
PSYC 251 Psychological Statistics
PSYC 252 Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 253 Brain and Behavior
PSYC 382 History of Psychology
PSYC 495 Seminar
Select at least two courses from one of the following groups (8 credits) and at least one course from each of the remaining groups (8 credits):
- PSYC 242 Personality
- PSYC 340 Psychological Testing
- PSYC 345 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 444 Counseling
- PSYC 447 Clinical Psychology
- PSYC 221 Social Psychology
- PSYC 311 Child and Adolescent Psychology
- PSYC 314 Adulthood and Aging
- PSYC 425 Psychology of Women
- PSYC 467 Human Behavior and the Legal System
- PSYC 321 Culture and Psychology
- PSYC 355 Psychology of Learning
- PSYC 357 Cognitive Processes
- PSYC 385 Work and Organizational Psychology
- PSYC 453 Sensation and Perception
Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.
Psychology Honors Program
Motivated psychology students may participate in an advanced program of research culminating in graduation with Honors in Psychology. This program allows students to pursue supervised research or applications of psychology in greater depth than provided in course offerings. Students electing to participate in this program complete all requirements for the Psychology major plus 2 credits of PSYC 496 Honors Seminar and 6 credits of PSYC 499 Honors Research during the two semesters of the senior year. These credits may be in lieu of or in addition to open elective credits used to fulfill the requirements for the Psychology major.
Admission to the Honors Program is based on:
- Self-nomination after completion of 80 credits with an overall grade point average of 3.20.
- Support of an Honors Committee consisting of a faculty sponsor and two other faculty members, one of whom may be from a department other than Psychology. The Honors Committee will review the student's project proposal at the time of enrollment in PSYC 496 and PSYC 499 and, if they approve it, accept the student into the Honors Program.
- Completion of at least five psychology courses, including PSYC 251 Psychological Statistics and PSYC 252 Research Methods at the time of application for admission to the Honors Program.
At the end of the senior year, each participant:
- Submits a final written report on the Honors work for approval by his or her Honors Committee.
- Presents the results of his or her work and responds to questions about the project and its relationship to the larger body of psychological knowledge, in a colloquium open to the public.
- The student's Honors Committee votes on whether or not to accept the Honors project.
Students successfully completing all facets of the Honors Program and having an average of 3.20 overall and 3.20 in Psychology will graduate with Honors in Psychology.